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Bonjour Tintin

The second week of school holidays can be tough, with the initial rush of activities petering out into a seemingly continuous recording of “I’m bored!”

Enter that decades-long parental saviour Tintin who, together with his canine companion Snowy and a litany of genuine characters, has captured the imaginations of millions of children (and kids-at-heart) across the globe.

Bonjour Tintin is a celebration of this world-famous Belgian being hosted by Adelaide’s Pop-Up Bookshop in their Central Market book gallery.

We love Tintin and knew the display would prove popular,” said Pop-Up Bookshop owner (and self-labelled entre-mature) Nick Patrick. “But the reaction we’ve had already has been mind-blowing!”

Bonjour Tintin showcases vintage Tintin Adventures from the 1950s & 60s, which, together with some more recent and new volumes, are available for purchase, plus a display of various Tintinalia (from the private collection of a local Tintinologist) for added interest.

Having opened amidst the fanfare of the Market’s Bastille Day celebrations last Friday night, Bonjour Tintin was an instant hit. We had a collector come in as soon as we opened and buy a couple of volumes and had hundreds of patrons come through, many of whom had come specifically to see some of the old-school editions,” said Nick.

Those “old-school editions” include the first English translations of five of Tintin’s Adventures and original French language volumes from the late 1950s and early 1960s, including a true first edition of Les Bijoux de la Castafiore (The Castafiore Emerald) from 1963.

Adelaide’s Pop-Up Bookshop is located on the Eastern Roadway of the Central Market, near the Grote St entrance. Bonjour Tintin is in The Gallery Next Door (Australia’s only dedicated private book gallery) and will run until the end of July “unless someone comes in and buys all the books!”

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Melbourne [ANZAAB] Rare Book Fair

POPPING UP IN MELBOURNE!

Next weekend (July 7-9), the country’s most prestigious booksellers will converge on Melbourne for the 45th Rare Book Fair – the culmination of Rare Book Week.

Kate Treloar, of Adelaide’s Pop-Up Bookshop in the Central Market, is proud to be flying the flag for SA. In this debut appearance she will be one of only two South Australian booksellers exhibiting at this internationally recognised event.

Highlights from the Pop-Up Bookshop stall include collectible copies of classic works:

– a signed copy of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five

The Complete Works of H.G. Wells (28 volumes with the first volume signed by Wells);

– special editions of Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings

– deluxe copies of Don Quixote (Cervantes), The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner (Samuel Taylor Coleridge) and Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

And, for those who still expect a shop full of pop-up books, a collection of particularly rare regimental books (circa 1900) with various pop-ups, pullouts and panoramic artwork!

If you’re in Melbourne, come say “hi” – if not, a message of support would do wonders for our nerves (this is actually a pretty big deal)!

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Winter 2017

Cometh the Winter, Popupeth the Bookshop

With the arrival of the cold weather, it is usual for creatures, including humans, to stay in and hibernate. But not us! Here are a few items of interest for your readership:

IT’S OFFICIAL:

The Gallery Next Door – Australia’s only dedicated book exhibition space – is here to stay! We’ve taken over the lease on the shop next to us and will be presenting a variety of exhibitions and special events over the coming months. Just another reason why there’s no other book experience quite like our little bookshop.

JUNE – Books Ahoy! A collection of Maritime books

JULY – Tintin: A celebration of one of the world’s most beloved comic book characters

AUGUST – Indigenous Australians: So much to learn from the World’s oldest living civilisation.

BLOOMSDAY – FRIDAY, JUNE 16th

James Joyce’s Ulysses is iconic for many reasons – its size, scope, language and themes have polarised experts and the common reader alike. But there is no denying that June 16 is the literary party of the year. (Ulysses takes place over the course of one day – June 16, 1904 – and largely follows the musings and Dublin wanderings of Leopold Bloom.) We’ll have a reading of the book playing in the background throughout the day as well as maps of Dublin and, of course, copies of the book itself available for sale.

POPPING UP IN MELBOURNE!

Kate Treloar is the newest member of the Australian & New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB), Australia’s pre-eminent book organisation. Each year, the country’s finest booksellers, together with established international firms, converge on Melbourne for the Rare Book Fair – the culmination of Rare Book Week.

South Australia is generally under-represented due to the unimaginative and/or gutless nature of its bookselling community – this year, we’ll double the SA presence.

ALPINE VILLAGE

Christmas in July is well and truly hitting Adelaide with the second Alpine Village. We were delighted to take part in the inaugural 2016 event and are even happier now it will be staged in Victoria Square. Keep an eye out for us from July 16 to 23.

GATHERED

Our inaugural appearance at this wonderful market, located in the historic Queens Theatre.

ADELAIDE SECOND-HAND BOOKSELLERS FAIR

This is the third annual event and our second time showcasing:

lots of books = lots of fun!

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Exhibitions Old & New

For those who haven’t been, there are only a couple weeks left to view #FirstThingsFirst – the exhibition of First Edition books on display next to Adelaide’s Pop-Up Bookshop in the Central Market.

“The highlight has certainly been the uncommon first printing of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four,” said co-owner Nick Patrick, “but with special books like Winnie-The-Pooh, To Kill A Mockingbird, Catch-22 and numerous others, it is a collection that has caught the eye of many passers-by.”

All is not lost for booklovers unable to meet the March 31 deadline marking the end of #FirstThingsFirst with a new exhibition of inscribed and autographed books  – entitled #Signed by #PopUp_Bookshop – ready to be displayed in April.

“It’s about showcasing the tangible qualities of books,” Mr Patrick said. “We have much more than just books signed by their authors, including a copy of Candy signed by Heath Ledger, Tenzing Norgay’s inscribed autobiography and the handwritten medical casebooks of New Zealand’s first Professor of Medicine.”

Current and upcoming exhibitions:

March – #FirstThingsFirst

April – #Signed

May – Transport Yourself With Books [in conjunction with the SA History Festival]

Adelaide’s Pop-Up Bookshop is located on the Eastern Roadway in the Central Market.

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One small step for a bookshop…

We’re about to embark on something huge. For a couple of Adelaide locals with a passion for books it’s massively huge (our passion for strict grammar notwithstanding). We’re going to have a bookshop on Adelaide’s main stage, Rundle Mall, during the Christmas season! This means more to us than words can express but we think it goes a bit beyond us…

Why this is important for Books:

It may have struck some people that the book industry is having a tough time of it – the impact of online sales coupled with the advent of e-reading driving many bookshops out of business. The number of bookshops in Adelaide has decreased markedly in the last couple of years to a level approaching embarrassing (for a capital city supposedly hanging its hat on its arts culture).

Adelaide’s Pop-up Bookshop has been fighting to keep books in the public eye despite misguided opposition from those who should be supporting us in the fight. We want to reunite people with their old favourites and remind them what it is that connects them with books. This can’t be done by sitting around and hoping for a return to ‘them good old days’ or pleading with people to ‘buy local’ or ‘support our industry’.

This Christmas, as always, we’re preaching to the unconverted – those who have strayed from the literary path or have forgotten that bookshops exist.

We promise a bookshop (and Rundle Mall) experience unlike any other – it’s not for everyone, but we like to think it should be. And the more people we get back on the bookwagon, the healthier the book world becomes.

Why this is important for Adelaide:

There are so many people doing great things in Adelaide right now and, even better, it’s a groundswell of simultaneous inspirations rather than a leader taking charge. We’re just another tiny piece of this amazing puzzle. We’re only little, but we do books really well – just like other locals who do coffee really well, or burgers really well, or street art really well, or wine, or playgrounds, or websites, or furniture, or… well, there are too many to mention. And whenever a local stands up and says “this is what I do best and I want everyone to know about it,” Adelaide gets that little bit closer to being truly one of the world’s great cities.

Oh yeah. And, even if it’s just for a short while, we’re taking a bit of our Rundle Mall back for the locals (thank you very much, multi-nationals)! We’re in that envious position where we don’t have to plead with people to ‘buy local’ – we only encourage the public to treat themselves to the best. The fact that the best things in Adelaide are being done by the locals is Just. Freaking. Awesome.